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Goat Hill Hike St. Croix, USVI

Leaving love notes in the geocache at the top of the hill

I had what began as an awful day last Sunday.  I woke up with a pulled neck muscle, broke one of my favorite dishes and it went on from there, following a particularly grueling work week.  After breakfast, my husband suggested we get outside and brought up Goat Hill.  We had been happily exploring the west end of the island and rarely got out east anymore.  He seemed excited for the hike and I knew that it would definitely begin to pull me out of my funk so I begrudgingly agreed to it.

Goat Hill is situated on the east end of St. Croix before Point Udall and is a relatively easy 30 minute hike.  We parked at Cramer’s Park and began the trek up past the gigantic telescope.  At this point, I was still feeling the frustrations of the week, which in all honesty probably created my neck tension to begin with.  As we walked up higher and higher, like magic I felt my anxieties begin to melt away and by the time we reached the top, I actually cried.  Here was a very loud and breathtaking reminder that none of the trivial crap mattered anyways.  Mother Nature always has a beautifully composed reminder for me that I’m part of a bigger, better picture.  Just like Maria taught us it would be, all is well in the end.

It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with our little island.  Back in the city, it was too irregular for me to spend a big chunk of my time out in nature.  I found that when I took the time to reconnect with it, I felt more calm and at peace.  Being on our little island where you’re never more than 10-15 minutes away from any beach with limitless options for hiking and exploring, it made this connection more prevalent and sustaining in its healing.

It’s not to say that I don’t still struggle with anxiety and depression but since I’ve begun spending more time outdoors and staying active, it has dramatically decreased and I can confidently say that I’ve never been happier.  It’s a daily work in progress but one that makes happy work of it when I’m drenched in sunshine.

If moving to the Caribbean sounds like medicine to your soul too, check out my ebook Moving to Paradise.

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